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Pacific region sitting on a human rights time bomb

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2009 at 12:54 am

The Pacific region is sitting on a social, political, and economic time bomb fuelled by unfolding human rights crises in the past year, says Amnesty International as it launches its global report, Amnesty International Report 2009: State of the World’s Human Rights.

“2008 saw human rights overlooked by world leaders as they took a back seat to the economic crisis. The result was increased insecurity, injustice and indignity for billions of people around the world,” says Patrick Holmes, Chief Executive Officer of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand.

“The Pacific nations which feature in the report are of particular concern to Amnesty NZ, as this is a region in our own front yard which sorely lacks a voice within the international arena.”

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Nuclear test veterans can sue MoD

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2009 at 6:05 am

Ex-servicemen who took part in nuclear tests in the 1950s have won the right to sue the government for compensation.

More than 1,000 men say they and their families have suffered ill-health following the nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific.

The ruling by the High Court means the government could face its largest class action yet, for millions of pounds.

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Exporting Fijian Forces

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2009 at 8:58 am

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As the UN bans the use of Fijian soldiers in international peacekeeping missions, private security companies are ready to hire, Jody Ray Bennett writes for ISN Security Watch.

By Jody Ray Bennett for ISN Security Watch
10 Jun 2009

Torika’s work at Pacific Storms

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2009 at 2:55 am

Pacific Storms Poster - Featuring the work of Eric Bridgemann

Torika’s works ‘Post.Neo.De’, ‘My Air (Outside/In)’, ‘My Ocean (Inside/Out)’ and the series ‘Expendable Flesh’ are currently being exhibited in the Pacific Storms show at the Bundaberg Region Art Gallery. The show opened on Wednesday to a record crowd of 425 and was opened by Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Affairs, Mr Duncan Kerr. There were 30 pacific artists present at the opening. There was a huge gathering by the Pacific community in Bundaberg on Tuesday and Wednesday to make leis for guests to the opening. Bundaberg residents walked off the streets to join in the lei-making. Many attended the opening for dancing, kava ceremony and Pacific music and the contemporary art exhibition. This week and until the show ends on July 13, there will be educational visits and artists talks, curator’s talk and other lectures and discussions on the Pacific Islands Arts and Culture.

More about the curator and the show…
Masalai blog…
View images from the opening...

Photo by Rae Smart

Photo by Rae Smart

Another soldier killed in Afghanistan

In Uncategorized on June 1, 2009 at 10:16 am

“…Meanwhile, the British soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Friday has been named by the MoD. Fusilier Petero Suesue, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, died as a result of a gunshot wound whilst on foot patrol near Sangin in Helmand Province. Mr Suesue was born in Levuka in Fiji and joined the Army in February 2002. His family said in a statement: “Petero epitomised the qualities of the Fijian Fusilier. “He was strong yet gentle, compassionate and always willing to support those around him. “His ability to include everyone is indicative of his friendly nature and there will be a large hole left in the community with his passing.” The statement added: “It is with great sadness that Petero will no longer be with us in body, however, he leaves behind a legacy of love and affection in the memories of all who knew and loved him…”

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